I got the bright idea to pull a section of it down. What I found was ....
... some idiot put 16" wide insulation into a 22" wide hole and called it all good. I mean what kind of nut would do this?
I get online to find insulation, I found that Lowes had the best price on it. I went there and they did not carry it in the store, only could be ordered online. I went to the customer service desk and asked if I could just buy it online, while I was there and have it delivered to their store. The associate said sure, lets look it up. We found what I needed, she clicked on the buy button, and I asked what was the delivery date? She said you can have it in 31 days. I said what? 31 days is way to long to wait. I really need it before it gets any hotter. She said sorry that is all we can do. I grabbed my stuff and headed for the check out. I was aggravated. I get to the cashier, this lady was in her late 50's I am guessing and she said hows your day? I said it would be better if I could get what I needed sooner. She looked at me and said with a very straight face and said "We are not Miracle Workers and Home Depot is right down the street!" I just could not believe what she just said to me. I was not only aggravated, but now I was ticked off.
I calmed myself down as I drove to Home Depot. I did not want to be an unhappy customer going into another store. I know what its like when they come into my store.
I walk in and head to the insulation isle. I walk up it and down it. All I saw was 15" wide insulation. I was thinking to myself this is not my day. I stood there and just stared at it. Not knowing what on earth I was going to do. I hear a man behind me, he said sir do you need some help. I turned around, it was a worker, he was in his late 50's too. I said well Ron it doesn't look like you have what I need. Ron said what project are you doing? I said I am putting insulation in my ceiling and the rafters are 22" apart. Ron said well we do have what you need, its an R-19 its right down here. We walked less than 3 feet. I looked at the price and thought wow that is going to cost me so much. But what I did not realize was it was cheaper than what I was going to spend at Lowes.
I put on my insulation pants, long sleeve shirt, face mask, eye goggles, and hat. I covered everything in plastic.
I start tearing out the old insulation and carrying out one load at a time to the dumpster. In and out, back and forth, over and over, until boom my body is flying through the air and all I could do was to think I am going to hit the freaking wall. I stopped about 2" from the wall. I laid on the floor for a while and thought wow that was a close one. I rolled over and looked up. I slowly sat up, I freaking hurt, both of my knees hurt, my thumb hurts, both of my arms hurt.
On to the next..
I decided to open the bag of insulation. I slowly cut down one side and it was like a flower opening up. It spread open and I had pieces of insulation everywhere. I just stood there for a minute. I grab all the pieces and stack them so I would have room to work. I measured the first opening, took my scissors out and slowly cut down my cut mark. I took the first piece put it up and took my electric staple gun and stapled the first side, and when I pulled it up to staple the second side the first side tore out and fell on the floor. It took me over an hour to put two pieces up. I thought its going to take me all day at this rate. I went outside, I needed a break, it was raining, and I thought getting wet might be a good way to cool off.
While I was outside my neighbor was out on his stairs. I walked over and said hey Frank whats going on? he said I got rained out. He is a barefoot roofer. (Yes I saw pictures of him in his bare feet on a roof.) He offered me a cup of coffee and I gladly accepted. I asked do you think you could help me put insulation up? He said sure, let me get dressed. I sat there sipping on my coffee while I waited for him. I thanked him for the coffee and the help.
Back in the house.
We walk in and he said, wow its all clean, I said yes, just need to put this up. I told him how long it took me to put those two pieces in and he laughed at me. He grabs the first piece and I went over the help hold it up, he said, no offence, but please move. I backed away, he said watch and learn. I said ok. He put the first piece on the floor, looked up at the hole, looked down and cut it. Perfect fit every single time. It sounded like a machine gun going off in my house. Within an hour it was all up. I just stood there in amazement. He said I used to do this for a living.
I tried to give him some money for his help and he refused it. He just said "I was happy to help."
I cleaned up the house, and today it was cooler in the house than it was outside. I am so happy to have such good neighbors.